An R.N. was recently suspended by the Florida Board of Nursing. And even more recently, she was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department, charged with 174 counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession.
In June 2005 she applied for a job and tested positive for cocaine. During the summer and fall of 2005 the Department of Health officials investigated her test results. In September of 2005 the nurse applied to an area hospice, passed the drug test and was hired. They confirmed she hada valid license. November of 2005 the Department of Health probable cause panel the the top offical signed off, instructing the BON to discipline the nurse. In June of 2006 they hear her case and order her license suspended, her into the impaired nurses program and continuing education. In July, 2006 the BON renews her license for another two years. She continues to work and is terminated in November of 2006. The BON and the Department of Health have stated it is not their responsibility to notify any employer of any suspensions. In August of 2007 she is arrested for the above offenses.
Who do you think should be responsible for notifying an employer? The suspended nurse?
The BON?:angryfire The Department of Health?:angryfire